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Astrology - What Does Your Mercury Sign Mean?

Updated on April 10, 2012

What does my Mercury Sign mean in my chart?

When most people think of astrology, they think of their Sun Sign. After all, I've never had someone in a bar ask me "what's your Venus Sign?". While your Sun Sign is certainly important, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Your Sun Sign gives us an indication of who your are on a conscious level. It is an important part of who you are, but doesn't tell us everything. In order to truly understand who you are as a complete personality, you have to look at the placement of all the signs in your astrology chart. For instance, your Moon Sign tells us who you are on a subconscious level - your inner workings so to speak. It can be a critical piece of the personality puzzle. Venus tells us who we are attracted to and how we view relationships in general. Understanding our Venus Sign can help us make sense of why we choose to embark on otherwise inexplicable relationships, or why those relationships don't always work out. Mars explains our physicality, our aggressive tendencies, our reaction to threats and our attitudes toward sex in many ways. So what does Mercury tell us in our chart? Your Mercury sign tells us how we think - how we process information and how we communicate. Mercury always travels close to the Sun so your Mercury Sign will always be the same as your Sun Sign or within one planet of your Sun Sign. Mercury can also go into retrograde occasionally which has its own unique affect on us. Knowing your Mercury Sign can help explain why we don't seem to think the same way as everyone else around us.

Our Mercury Sign tells us how we think

Have you ever wondered why you don't share the same opinions as other people around you? Or on the other hand, have you ever met someone that just seems to get how you think? Both of those situations are likely a reflection of your Mercury Signs. Mercury influences how we think and can help explain why we don't appear to see things the same way as others or why we seem to always see things the same as someone. For instance, I have Mercury in Pisces. I think like a Pisces. I am an eternal optimist - the glass is always half full for me. I think creatively - not always logically. I have a very open mind to beliefs and studies outside the mainstream (hence the interest in astrology!) Most people find it odd that I have a law degree and a lifelong interest in astrology and metaphysics - they just can't reconcile the two. I just smile and say "Pisces" - can't help it. My husband, on the other hand, has his Mercury in Scorpio. He is an eternal pessimist and his glass is always half empty. Scorpios are renowned for their skepticism and his shows in his way of thinking. He trusts no one and believes nothing. It works for him because it's part of his astrological make-up. On the plus side, he thinks deeply and practically which is a good match for my tendency to think in terms of fantasy - not reality. Although he thinks realistically, he also thinks emotionally as Scorpio is a water sign. Cancers, the last water sign also think emotionally and instinctively. Mercury tends to be at home in air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). Air signs are practical and logical by nature. If you have Mercury in one of those signs, then you likely think logically and practically. Mercury in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) will produce more quick thinkers and sometimes rash decision makers. Mercury in an Earth Sign (Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) will make you a slow thinker but very pragmatic thinker.

Your Mercury Sign tells us how we process information

Have you ever had that feeling that someone just said something and you and the person standing next to you heard two entirely different things? It may just be that you have Mercury in opposing signs. For instance, if you have Mercury in Aries and the other person has Mercury in Cancer, you're not going to process the information that was given to you the same. The Aries will make an immediate impulsive decision about what they just heard while the Cancer will need to internalize it and decide how they feel about it. The same goes for other sign combinations. Someone with Mercury in Virgo, for instance will be a very careful thinker. They will listen intently to the information being given and process it with careful detail. If someone with Aquarius is standing next to them, they will process the information rather quickly and be the first to offer an opposing view. So you see, it's not that we actually hear two different things, it's just they we process the information differently according to where our Mercury Sign is in our chart.

Our Mercury Sign tells us how we communicate

We can also learn quite a bit about how we communicate by looking at our Mercury Sign. Do you have a tendency to yell and scream when you're mad? You probably have Mercury in a Fire Sign. Are you quiet and distant when you are upset? You could have Mercury in a Water or Air Sign. Are you stubborn and unbending when you are upset? Check for Mercury in Taurus or another Earth Sign. How we express ourselves verbally is very much attached to our Mercury Sign. Again, I have Mercury in Pisces. I also have my Moon in Gemini. The combination makes me have a need to communicate but I tend to do so in a creative way. I attribute the combination to the reason I chose criminal law when I was practicing. The idea of reading contracts all day made me feel sick to my stomach. I wanted to be in a courtroom where I could use words to influence people. Your Mercury sign will help you understand why you express yourself the way you do in relationships and in your career.

What is my Sun Sign and Mercury Sign aren't the same?

If your Sun Sign and your Mercury Sign are not in the same sign, you may feel a little more conflict in your personality. For instance, if you have your Sun sign in Libra, but your Mercury Sign in Scorpio, you will ultimately feel a conflict when processing information. The conscious part of your personality wants to balance the information and decide what it just and fair based on the information you have been given. The Mercury in Scorpio placement however is immediately skeptical of the information. It can create a bit of dilemma sometimes, but it can also create a nice balance.

Mercury in Retrograde

A few times a year, Mercury will go into retrograde. The easiest way to explain that is that it slows down and appears to go backwards for a short while. The affect this has on us is that we may falter in communication during that time. Most professional astrologers will tell you that when Mercury is in retrograde, it's not a good time to have serious conversations with anyone, to sign contracts or to enter into business deals. If you were born when Mercury was in retrograde, don't panic! This just means that you may be a little more reflective and serious in your thinking processes. Regardless of what sign you have Mercury in, you will require a little more time to consider things when processing information and making decisions.

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      5 years ago

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      6 years ago

      hey my sun is in Libran and mercury in Scorpio and you are right that is how I feel. Don't judge your husband so hard for having Scorpio in mercury he takes things in a different perception.

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      8 years ago

      Thomas: I probably would have been except that in my home, artistic qualities were not valued. I was never encouraged to be artistic. I was expected to go to college and then on to a higher degree--becoming an artist was not an option. That is something I changed with my children. I have always encouraged their artistic sides. I think I did the best I could given my upbringing by becoming a lawyer -- words are a lawyer's artwork.

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      Thomas Baker 

      8 years ago

      Wow, yea you do describe it a lot better. Makes sense tho. We both have the same mindset:) (Mercury in Pisces) I posted my chart on several of your pages for reassurance. Im shocked you arent in photography, acting or even pro psychic. how come?

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      8 years ago

      i want to know what does sign mean in communication? may anyone help me, please !!! :'(

    • leigia67 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Sevvanna!

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      8 years ago

      wow what you wrote is amazing your better than those astrological book they make thinsg too complicated yours is more simple and well performed :).

      thanks :D

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      9 years ago

      There is nothing quite so maddening as Mercury in retrograde! Thanks.

    • leigia67 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks too :>

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      10 years ago

      Really Enjoyed reading your hub! Have a great day!


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